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Great deal on solid ASUS 7.1 surround sound gaming headset

The ASUS TUF H3 perform like a headset 3 to 5x their cost. Comfortable and good sounding the ASUS TUF H3 is not my $400 planar magnetic gaming headset, but it is as good as anything else I tried in the sub $200 range. —
Tags: Gaming, News, Review, Asus, Headset, Gaming Headset


Relax with jellyfish, penguins, birds, and the open sea through the Monterey Bay Aquarium's live webcams and guided "MeditOceans"

The Monterey Bay Aquarium offers multiple live webcams of wondrous ocean habitats, from the otherworldly Moon Jelly Cam and Sea Otter Cam to the Kelp Forest Cam and Open Sea Cam. They've also created a set of pre-recorded sea-themed guided meditations: MeditOceans. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Oceans, Monterey Bay Aquarium


This espresso press can turn out a brilliantly powerful brew in minutes and it's less than $50

If you're a coffee-lover, specifically, a lover of espresso, then you already know that picking up an espresso machine is not cheap. Those machines pressurize boiling water, then fire it at finely ground coffee beans for a richer, more caffeine-fueled result than your normal drip-brewed coffee. — Read the rest
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iPhone IOS 14 lets you change the default browser and mail apps

Users are no longer locked into Apple's preferred applications as default. You may now simply select, in the settings page for the browser or mail app that you like, to have it designated 'DEFAULT.'
Tags: Apple, Ios, Post, News, Default


Watch a motor-less RC plane set a new speed record

548 mph is very fast. YouTube: Strong Santa Ana conditions on Jan 19 2021 provided enough wind to bring the dynamic soaring speed record back to its birthplace of Parker Mountain, CA. Wind gusted to 65mph and temps were 45-50F. — Read the rest
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Excellent cheap puzzle book: The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations

I bought the Dover edition The Moscow Puzzles in 2014, and it's still one of my all-time favorite puzzle books. Here are a few samples: Book description: This is, quite simply, the best and most popular puzzle book ever published in the Soviet Union. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Puzzles, Moscow, Soviet Union, Useful Stuff, Brain Teasers, Moscow Puzzles


Dummy who attempted to euthanize dog with handgun almost euthanized a human

In Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Canada, a gentleman whose dog had bitten a few people attempted to euthanize the animal by shooting it outside his home. Fortunately, he missed the dog. Unfortunately, he hit a fellow who was inside the house. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Guns, Dogs, Pictou County Nova Scotia Canada


Studying wine that was aged for a year on the space station

Back in 2019, Space Cargo Unlimited sent a case of red Bordeaux wine up to the International Space Station—not so the astronauts could tipple (that's generally against regulations), but to figure out: What happens to fermented stuff when it's in micro-gravity for so long? — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, International Space Station, Bordeaux, Boooooze In Spaaaaaace, In Vino Veritas


Crocodile chomp sweater

It's a shame this sweater is only for kids because I think grownups (me! me!) would totally wear this too! (swissmiss) screenshot via Seed Heritage
Tags: Post, News, Sweater, Jumper, Crocodile, Chomp


International Space Station has "insignificant" crack in hull

One hull crack was found in the ISS and another is suspected, reports TASS. The air loss due to the crack is "insignificant", according to ISS Russian Segment head Vladimir Solovyov, but they want to bring up a powerful microscope on the next cargo flight to take a close look. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Space, News, International Space Station, Iss, TASS, Vladimir Solovyov


Explore this 10 billion pixel scan of Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring

Zooming into this macro photo of Vermeer's Girl With a Pearl Earring is like exploring a planet.
Tags: Post, News, Oil Paintings, Vermeer


Bear takes a luxurious dip in a backyard kiddy pool

With its low ursine grunts and moans you can tell this bear is thoroughly enjoying downtime in a kid's plastic pool.
Tags: Video, News, Delightful Creatures, Bears, Taking Some Me Time


A guy must record human history before aliens blow us up

On the anniversary of its win at Sundance, enjoy Bernardo Britto's "Yearbook," the animated short that put him on the map. With the end of the world imminent, a man is hired to write the history of human existence. — Read the rest
Tags: Science Fiction, Video, News, History, Animation, Canon, Bernardo Britto


I am adding more self-watering containers to my fruit and vegetable garden

I love self-watering planters. No other method I've tried has consistently grown more great-tasting fruits and vegetables. The Earthbox is my container of choice. Self-watering containers provide an 'endless' reservoir of water and nutrients to your plants, so they never want for anything if you put them in a sunny spot. — Read the rest
Tags: Garden, News, Review, Self-watering Container


Look at the difference between Sean Spicer and Jen Psaki

Compare Trump's White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's tone with Jen Psaki's. I hope the Biden presidency stays boring.
Tags: Video, News, White House, Biden, Trump, Sean Spicer, Jen Psaki, Press Briefings


Chuck Schumer: "Donald Trump incited the erection" against the United States (oops!)

Chuck Schumer had a hard time on the Senate floor when he said that Trump "incited the erection" against the United States. Was a real head scratcher. But he rose to the occasion, correcting himself with the word "insurrection" without missing a beat. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Senate, United States, Donald Trump, Trump, Schumer, Tongue Twisters, Insurrection


Ed Piskor announces new comic book: Red Room, an "outlaw splatterpunk masterpiece"

In the latest episode of Cartoonist Kayfabe, Ed Piskor (creator of Hip Hop Family Tree) Ed Piskor talks about his forthcoming 12-issue comic book series, Red Room. You can pre-order it from Fantagraphics. From the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design comes this ALL-NEW monthly comic book series, with a specially priced, self-contained, double-sized debut issue!  — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Comic Books, Fantagraphics, Ed Piskor, Splatterpunk, Kayfabe Ed Piskor


Pigeon dances to a catchy EDM beat by Emmit Fenn

If you like EDM and you like pigeons, then Emmit Fenn's "Who Dat" might be just the combo for you. Fun fact: they held a naming contest, and the pigeon's name is Carl. Image: YouTube / Proximity
Tags: Video, News, Dancing, Edm, Dat, Pigeon, Emmit Fenn, Carl Image


Watch chef's miraculous way to decorate a cake

Why in God's name is that man, who is supposed to be decorating a cake, making chocolate and cream designs with frosting on a granite sla…ahhhhh. Very nice. I know it isn't as easy as this guy makes it look but I bet I could spectacularly fail trying. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Surprise, Frosting Short Cut, Miracle Cake, Pastry Parkour, Skilled Chef


British schoolkids issued laptops conveniently pre-loaded with malware that connects with Russian servers

Why should the British Department of Education have to wait for students to visit dodgy porn and torrent websites to get their machines infected with malware when they can cut out the middleman and give them computers preinstalled with it? "A shipment of laptops supplied to British schoolkids by the Department for Education to help them learn under lockdown came preloaded with malware," reports The Register. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Malware, Department for Education, British Department of Education


Words from QAnon Shaman make for a delightful musical when accompanied by a pianist

What do you get when you combine unaltered audio of the horned QAnon Shaman with a sweet tickling of the ivories? "Capital Insurrection, the Musical" of course! (Brought to you by the talented pianist Brandon Ethridge) Oh, and in case you missed the "I got Maced" ditty from the same musical, here it is:
Tags: Video, News, Ditties, Brandon Ethridge


Max Richter's magnificent Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

Contemporary classical composer Max Richter performed a gorgeous Tiny Desk (Home) Concert from his studio in southern England. The solo piano is perfect for Richter's graceful post-minimalism. If you're not hip to Richter beyond his score for Arrival and other films, I suggest immersing yourself in Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons (2012) and Memoryhouse (2002). — Read the rest
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Kroger employee arrested for stealing $1 million in two weeks by doing fake returns

Police in Gwinnett County, Georgia arrested Kroger employee Tre Brown, 19, for allegedly stealing nearly $1 million in two weeks from the grocery store. According to police, he rang up forty fake returns on items priced between $75 to $87,000 and had the refunds issued to multiple credit cards. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Crimes, Kroger, Gwinnett County Georgia


Neo-Nazis and Prince Harry's divorce in this week's dubious tabloids

One of these weeks the tabloids will come up with a cracking exclusive story that will have the world's media chasing them. This is not that week. Instead it's a week that proves the pitfalls of writing for a weekly publication about events that will have happened after going to press, but before appearing on newsstands. — Read the rest
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A befuddled Hannity thinks Biden's been president for a week, but Twitter helps him out

Trump sycophant Sean Hannity revealed his trouble with numbers when he confused 30 hours with 168 hours. Or 1 day with 1 week. This was last night, when he summed up Biden's "first week" as "disastrous." But help came quickly when the Twitterverse stepped in and brought Sean up to speed with how the days of the week work. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Biden, Numbers, Trump, Sean Hannity, Sean, HANNITY, Faux News


"Dance 10000" is getting Swedish kids to exercise

The Swedish royal family wants kids to be less sedentary, so they rolled out a cool way for kids to get 10000 steps in through a new dance routine. Via Yahoo finance: Along the way, she has a quick dance-off with the "school janitor" played by Gaspard Augé of the French EDM group Justice (whose 2007 hit "D.A.N.C.E." — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Sweden, Justice, Dance, Exercise, Edm, Gaspard Augé


After bungled drug deal, cocaine hidden in banana bundles delivered to Canadian grocery stores

More than 20 bricks of cocaine, hidden in bundles of bananas, were delivered to grocery stores in Canada. The first report came from the small town of Kelowna, Central Okanagan, British Columbia where the owner of a small shop found a dozen packages of coke tucked inside his banana shipment. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Drugs, Canada, Crimes, Smuggler's Blues, Kelowna Central Okanagan British Columbia


The costumed QAnon cultist who invaded the Capitol says he was duped by Trump

Jacob Chansley (33) is the imbecile who entered the Capitol on January 6 wearing a Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo cosplay costume. Also known as the QAnon Shaman, Chansley is being held on multiple federal charges in connection with the Trump Riot. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Trump, Capitol, QAnon, Suckers For Trump, Trump Riot, Jacob Chansley, Loyal Order of the Water Buffalo, Trump Riot Read


Los Angeles PD once relied on a parrot for public outreach

"Don't be a nerd, listen to Officer Byrd" was offensive at launch, in addition to being dated today, but never doubt that LAPD knows public relations! As I recall from my youth in neighboring Santa Monica, we also had an Officer "Byrd." — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Los Angeles, Lapd, Santa Monica, Don, Byrd, Officer Byrd, Police Officers are you friends, Thats the word from Officer Byrd


Hackaday takes a close look at Raspberry Pi's new $4 microcontroller, the Pico

Pico is the new $4 Raspberry Pi microcontroller board. It looks amazing for the price. Hackaday posted a detailed description of it. The microcontroller in question, the RP2040, is also Raspberry Pi's first foray into custom silicon, and it's got a dual-core Cortex M0+ with luxurious amounts of SRAM and some very interesting custom I/O peripheral hardware that will likely mean that you never have to bit-bang again. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Raspberry Pi, Hackaday, Microcontrollers